A Newborn’s Entry Into a Family

  • June 13, 2024
  • Wendy Levin-Shaw, MSW, LCSW
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Attention is always choosing a focus and we judge what we perceive based on what we already have perceived. If we wonder what we are seeing and look again, maybe we will see something different. From Meditation with Rhonda Rosen I spent a week with ...

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Theory as Lens

  • December 11, 2023
  • Carl A. Jensen, M. Div., M. S. Ed.

As I’ve been continuing to learn Bowen Theory, I’ve noticed how it has been shaping my perceptions. Just as an optical lens brings some things into focus rather than others, the lens of this theory nudges my attention in certain directions. For example, I may ...

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Cutoff. Let me count the ways…

  • September 20, 2023
  • Ashley North, LMFT

(The following is an abridged version of a longer piece by Ashley North LMFT, faculty and board member of the Western PA Family Center.  You can hear more from Ms. North at the WPFC Fall Conference and Symposium, where she will be a featured speaker ...

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Nothing Stands Alone

  • August 02, 2023
  • Rosemarie Perla, MS, MA

Sometimes when I want to calm my brain at night from the day’s activities, I watch a program about the vastness of the universe.  Listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson describe the universe and black holes, I soon rise above the petty concerns of the day. ...

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How to Thrive on the Outside of a Triangle, and Other Benefits of Attending WPFC’s 43rd Conference and Symposium

  • September 13, 2022
  • Ann Depner, LCSW

I couldn’t escape the irony of it all.  As a young therapist, I was doing rather well at a new job in a family counseling program. Yet as the mom of a 13-year-old daughter who  rhapsodized about her best girlfriend’s mother and shunned contact with ...

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What is Important to Know

  • June 03, 2021
  • Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW

Today I play ocean waves To block out sounds As I try to meditate. I recall listening to The same rich rhythm Of waves 10 months ago When confined to our home To avoid the virus. So much has happened During these 10 months. Too much to ...

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How Britney Spears Helped Me Understand Bowen Theory

  • May 20, 2021
  • Dr. Tricia Collins, PsyD

As a newer student of Bowen Family Systems Theory, I have struggled with the idea of blame and responsibility. Coming from a heavy psychology background, I have naturally approached problems from an individual mindset where there is one single thing to blame (a person, an ...

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Is Helping Overrated?

  • May 06, 2021
  • Margaret Marcuson, M.Div.

I would have answered once upon a time with more questions: “How could helping be overrated? Isn’t helping others a good thing?” I answer that question differently now: Helping is overrated when it is driven more by my own anxiety than by the real needs ...

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Linn Pittman: Goodbye and Thank You

  • January 06, 2021
  • Catherine M. Rakow  MSW, ACSW

WPFC, founded as an educational center for those interested in learning a theory about how families and organizations work, operates with the tenets of Bowen systems theory in paying attention to relationships, in thinking and managing self in ways that show the principles of the ...

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Seeking Clarity with a Neighborhood on Fire

  • December 16, 2020
  • David Swanson, M.Div.

Candie and Miles* were upset and afraid.  Their neighborhood had recently erupted in multiple instances of gun violence, some of which had happened right in front of their home. They wanted to move as soon as possible.   When this couple shared their prayer request ...

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